What the Latest Crop of Alphabet Creams Can Do For Your Skin
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Short for ‘beauty balm,’ these moisturizer/foundation hybrids prime and protect with a radiant sheen and light-to-medium coverage.
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Pond’s Luminous Finish BB+ Cream ($11) will surprise you: it goes on smoothly and gives skin a finish that looks much more expensive than its $10 price tag—plus it fades dark spots over time thanks to a special complex.
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Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream ($32) delivers a radiant, light-reflecting look with a light floral scent. It has licorice extract to brighten and hyaluronic acid for hydration.
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YSL’s lightweight Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream ($50) delivers sheer coverage that’s full of vitamin C to brighten and rose de mai extract to soften skin.
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Ren’s Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen ($38) goes on rich but blends into a satiny, medium-coverage finish. It has camellia seed oil to hydrate and anti-oxidants to even skintone.
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CCs are similar to BBs, but these color correcting formulas even skintone immediately (with a light-reflecting finish) and over time (with brightening anti-oxidants).
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L’Oreal’s lightweight Visible Lift CC Cream ($13) goes on white, adjusts to your coloring, and soaks in immediately. Bonus? Vitamin C and calcium brighten and nourish skin.
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On the other end of the spectrum is Chanel’s CC Cream Complete Correction Sunscreen ($55). It goes on thick, but soaks in to deliver a light sheen and medium coverage.
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Yes to Grapefruit’s new CC Cream ($16) soaks in quickly and gives skin a bronzed glow, plus it has evodia fruit to gradually even and brighten skin tone.
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Dr. Brandt Skincare’s CC Glow Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39) creates a hydrated, illuminated complexion while brightening skin over time with vitamin C and alpha arbutin.
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The ‘Dynamic Do All’ creams have the benefits of BBs and CCs creams, with added anti-aging ingredients!
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Julep’s DD Crème ($36) keeps skin moisturized with hibiscus and olive extracts while providing medium coverage and a smooth finish.
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Looking for more shade options? Ofra’s DD Cream ($30) has ten, all of which hydrate, brighten, and deliver anti-aging benefits.
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DermaDoctor’s DD Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38) is a cocktail of ingredients to mattify, brighten, minimize pores, and even skintone.
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Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream ($11)
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Ofra DD Cream ($30)
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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream ($32)
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Dr. Brandt Skincare CC Glow Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($39)
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YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream ($50)
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Julep DD Crème ($36)
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DermaDoctor DD Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38)
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Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream Sunscreen ($38)
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L'Oreal Visible Lift CC Cream ($13)
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Yes to Grapefruit CC Cream ($16)
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Chanel CC Cream Complete Correction Sunscreen ($55)